Case studies in aerospace

  • Spin and Bones Click here to learn how the European Space Agency (ESA) used AnyBody simulations to develop countermeasures to the gradual physical degradation experienced by astronauts in microgravity
  • Exoskeletons in space AnyBody was a major simulation tool in ESA's SOLEUS project, which created and exoskeleton for training ankle muscles in microgravity

Webcasts on aerospace

Investigation of muscle activation during active seating (Killian Wagner Biomech. Lab/RCBE, OTH Regensburg, Germany, 12. May, 2016) Presentation (5MB)Playback (151MB)YouTube. Continuous seating leads to prolonged static muscle and tissue loading that may cause back pain. In this work, experimental input-data is used to examine spine-muscle activation during performing defined movements on a dynamic office chair. The OTH (Ostbayerische Technische Hochschule) Regensburg collaborates with AnyBody Technology as an AnyBody Knowledge Center. It is one of the largest technical universities of applied sciences in Germany. The "Regensburg Center of Biomedical Engineering" (RCBE) is located at the OTH and pools the biomedical research activities in the region in an inter-faculty and inter-university research institute. The Laboratory for Biomechanics is part of the RCBE and focuses on basic and applied research in musculoskeletal biomechanics. With a combination of numerical and experimental methods applied and basic research in orthopedic and ergonomic related topics is conducted..The three methodical pillars of the labs work are: Muskuloskeletal simulations, Finite Element Simulations and experimental investigations on implants and biomaterials. Special emphasis is laid on combined workflows incorporating clinical gait analyses, medical image analysis, musculoskeletal simulation and finite element simulations. The RCBE welcomes visits from established researchers and Ph.D. students if fast progress on the modeling task can be achieved.

Loading an aircraft: Validation of the lumbar spine model and analysis of lumbar loads in airport baggage handlers (Henrik Koblauch, Ph.D, Assistant Professor, School of Physiotherapy UCC, 10. November, 2015)   Presentation (3MB)Playback (68MB)YouTube In the webcast, Henrik Koblauch will present his work to use musculoskeletal models to evaluate loading of the lower back in airport baggage handlers. The presentation includes the efforts to validate the lumbar spine model for estimating lumbar loading in lifting tasks. The second part of the webcast will present the musculoskeletal modeling of baggage handlers working inside the luggage compartment of a Boeing 737-800

TLEM: A new detailed lower extremity model (Sebastian Dendorfer, PhD, 20. August, 2008) Presentation (2Mb)Playback (8Mb)Model (11Mb)YouTube. The new Twente Lower Extremity Model (TLEM) is based on a recently published morphological dataset on muscle and joint parameters by Martijn Klein-Horsman from the University of Twente, The Netherlands. The AnyBody implementation of the model was initiated by Karin Gorter, a Master Student, also from the University of Twente, during a three month stay at Aalborg University and is now being finished by AnyBody Technology. TLEM consists of 159 muscles and 6 joint degrees of freedom. It has been validated against "state of the art" literature with respect to its biomechanical performance and first applications in gait and cycling deliver very convincing results. The model is currently being used in a project with the European Space Agency (ESA), which aims at analyzing the relationship between mechanical boundary conditions and bone loss during space flights. TLEM itself will be public and we are looking forward to include the new lower extremity model in the next update of the Repository. 


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Articles on aerospace

hong, J.X., bing, M.J., cheng, W.R., Fang, P. & Fang, S. (2012), "Effect of helmet mass and mass center on neck muscle strength in military pilots", Journal of Medical Biomechanics. [WWW

Boije, M. & Jönsson, M. (2015), "Biomechanical simulations of a flywheel exercise device in microgravity", Master's Thesis, Karolinska Institutet, Sweden. [PDFWWW]

Lindenroth, L., Caplan, N., Debuse, D., Salomoni, S.E., Evetts, S. & Weber, T. (2015), "A novel approach to activate deep spinal muscles in space – results of a biomechanical model", Acta Astronautica, vol. 116, pp. 202-210. [DOI]

Wang, X., Wang, C., Wang, Z. & Li, H. (2015), "Comfort analysis in EVA reachable envelope based on human-spacesuit integrated biomechanical modeling", Communications in Computer and Information Science, vol. 528, pp. 539-545. [DOI]

Zhang, J., Zhou, R., Li, J., Ding, L. & Wang, L. (2013), "Optimization for lunar mission training scheme based on anybody software", Digital human modeling and applications in health, safety, ergonomics, and risk management. Human body modeling and ergonomics. 4th International Conference, DHM 2013, Held as Part of HCI International 2013, Las Vegas, NV, USA, July 21-26, 2013, Proceedings, Part II, pp. 169-178. [DOI]

Rasmussen, J. & de Zee, M. (2008), "Design Optimization of Airline Seats", SAE International Journal of Passenger Cars - electronic and electrical systems, vol. 1 (1), pp. 580-584. [DOI

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